M. M. Frocht

Mr. Max Mark Frocht was honored for his professional accomplishments by the 1967 initiation of the M.M. Frocht Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics,” and is presented annually.

Dr. Frocht’s work on photoelasticity research on stress concentration factors and 3-D techniques and his two-volume treatise on photoelasticity is considered a classic and has been translated into Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. Its publication was credited with revitalizing interest in photoelasticity.

Dr. Frocht was a student of Steven Timoshenko and many of his own students have made important contributions to the field of experimental mechanics. He presented papers and lectures on photoelasticity and experimental stress analysis in all parts of the world.

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2021 Recipient

Picture of Michael Mello

In recognition of outstanding achievements as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics.

Michael Mello
Michael Mello is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) at Caltech. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from Bridgewater State College, an M.S. degree in optics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from Caltech (GALCIT). Mike began his career as a research engineer in the Brown University plate impact lab from 1988 – 1997. He later worked at Intel from 1997 – 2006 as an electronics packaging engineer, where he supported product certification and metrology development and managed the company’s premier mechanical testing laboratory. Mike is also currently an Associate Technical Editor of Experimental Mechanics, a post he has held since 2013.

 
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the M.M. Frocht Award in the past.
 
2020 - Junlan Wang 2019 - Martin W. Trethewey 2018 - Ghatu Subhash
2017 - Alberto Carpinteri 2016 - Lawrence N. Virgin 2015 - John Lambros
2014 - William L. Fourney 2013 - Wendy C. Crone 2012 - Sia Nemat-Nasser
2011 - Nancy Sottos 2010 - Eann A. Patterson 2009 - Fu-Pen Chiang
2008 - Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz 2007 - Michael A. Sutton 2006 - Isaac M. Daniel
2005 - David L. Brown 2004 - Albert Cardon 2003 - Ares Rosakis
2002 - David J. Ewins 2001 - Arun Shukla 2000 - Gary .L. Cloud
1999 - Peter K. Stein 1998 - Loren W. Zachary 1997 - Joseph Der Hovanesian
1996 - William N. Sharpe Jr. 1995 - Albert S. Kobayashi 1994 - Robert J. Sanford
1993 - Clyde E. Work 1992 - Ian M. Allison 1991 - James F. Doyle
1990 - John B. Ligon 1989 - Thomas W. Corby, Jr 1988 - Daniel Post
1987 - Robert E. Rowlands 1986 - W.F. Swinson 1985 - Kenneth G. McConnell
1984 - Christian P. Burger 1983 - C.W. Smith 1982 - T. Kunio
1981 - V.J. Parks 1980 - Cesar A. Sciammarella 1979 - Emmett E. Day
1978 - J.T. Pindera 1977 - William F. Riley 1976 - James W. Dally
1975 - D.K. Wright 1974 - R.D. Mindlin 1973 - Peter K. Stein
1972 - E.O. Stitz 1971 - Daniel C. Drucker 1970 - William M. Murray
1969 - Charles E. Taylor 1968 - Max M. Frocht